U.N. Secretary-General Ban gives video message to conference
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Science and Technology 2013 conference started on June 17 and runs until June 21. It is being held at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.
The conference states its goal is to build and strengthen its relationship with broader scientific community by inviting scientists, technologists, science administrators, academics and scientific representatives. There will be three themes the conference will go over: earth as a complex system, events and their characterization and advances in sensors, networks and processing.
Ki-Moon opened his video message by thanking the participants for coming to the conference and taking part in the treaty.
"By engaging the scientific community and strengthening its own abilities, the CTBTO advances its vital work of preventing and deterring further nuclear testing," Ki-Moon said. "I am confident that your focus over the coming days will help further improve the CTBTO's abilities to process or interpret its monitoring data."
He went on to talk about why the conference is so important and said the science and technology behind the Treaty's implementation need to be proven.
"Now it is time for the international community to exercise political will and act," Ki-Moon said. "I look forward to our continued work to prevent nuclear proliferation and to rid the world of all such weapons."